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The Title is A.B.C. (Always Be Confident):

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Malik Shabazz pic

Author’s note:

My bro, my dude, my boy, Malik Shabazz, has decided to share, with us, some of his many pearls of wisdom, if you will, on my blogsite. I’m both honored, as well as very humbled, that someone of his noble stature, would’ve been willing to grace my blogsite. Here’s what he’s written for all of us to benefit from.

Always be confident in your abilities to do or be anything you’ve imagined. Never have that mentality going into anything or going towards something thinking, they are better than me or I am not good enough. If you’ve had that mentality, ask yourself why, you’ve never passed up job-opportunities when you knew, there was someone that had more qualifications than you? You didn’t. You wanted that job or to be in a position that would enable you, to show your abilities, that would allow you to fulfill that imagination or dream.

Don’t ever stop believing because of the fear competition. There is NO competition! You are your own biggest competitor because of that fear that builds in your mind. The person in front of you, is NOTHING! When you can over come that person inside of you, the person who holds you back from trying something you’ve never done before, you will start to ease yourself into a comfort zone and you’ll be able to do things which you’ve never thought you were able to do.

Never fear or fear failure. Failure is just a word to discourage you and if you are discouraged by the word fail or failed, then you’ve allowed yourself to bury yourself with that word that has stopped so many people from achieving their dreams. Possibly the greatest basketball player of all time missed 9000 shots, lost almost 300 games, was trusted to take the game winning shot over 26 times and missed but that didn’t stop him, nor you and I, to call him, Michael Jordan, possibly the great basketball player of all time.

Muhammad Ali said, “impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

And Mike Tyson said “fear is your best friend or your worst enemy. It’s like fire. If you can control it, it can cook for you; it can heat your house. If you can’t control it, it will burn everything around you and destroy you. If you can control your fear, it makes you more alert, like a deer coming across the lawn.”

Fear, impossible and failure are just obstacles in your way. Experience is great, can be used to become greater or better or smarter. A thought to try but to never try, will always be a thought and never in a form of an action to reminisce on.

Malik Shabazz/2013

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My thoughts on the word “Nigger”:

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Author’s note:
People, very often, have asked me why I’m so comfortable with the word “Nigger” being used around me. They just can’t understand, why an African-American would be so “not angry” when this particular word is used. I’ve honestly been thinking about this for a very long time, how to officially throw the word “Nigger” to the waste side, meaning take the power of meaning away from the word itself. Ironically, most people, especially African-Americans, really have no idea that the word Nigger, and the word Negro, for that matter, actually come from actual words in Latin. The word “Nigger” is derived from the Latin word “Niger” (just like the name of the country, in Africa…yes), which literally means the color “Black”. The word “Negro” is derived from the Latin word “Negro”, which means “To blaken/To make black”. However, the connotative meanings of both these words are exclusively, historically, meant to degrade & dehumanize anyone who is either Non-White, or even Non-European. And, occasionally, this term was even used against other Whites, like how it was used to dehumanize the Irish, during the 19th century, as droves of Irish immigrants came from Ireland, as a result of the historically infamous “Potato-Famine”. The following poem is my way of expressing how this word does not describe me.

A Nigger, I am not:

There’s just no way that I could ever be someone’s Nigger.
Allah is my Creator, it’s He who fashioned my noble figure.

He’s made me a Human being, higher, brighter, and better than the rest.
He has chosen me to be ahead of all creation; my status is the very best.

Never am I lower than an animal; my existence has great value & is substantial.
I’ve been guided to Islam, the noble path of many; I carry a very heavy mantle.

Allah doesn’t favor people because of their ethnicities, colors, nor races.
It’s only through believing in Him & doing good will we attain His graces.

This word Nigger has kept so many people back, from truly elevating to their rightful stations.
They have, unfortunately, bought into the lies that they are nothing & have given justifications.

Self-belittlement must come to an end; we are the ones whom Allah has created, with His own hands.
He has molded the bodies of our parents, Adam and Eve, from all different types of the Earth’s lands.

He has given us something that no one can take from us, no matter what they do.
It’s called the Soul; I’ve been given one, directly from my Creator & so have you.

So, the next time that you have the urge, to use this hateful word, think about what you’re really saying.
You yearn to take someone’s Humanity, with the utterance of just a single word, it is spiritual maiming.

Gareth Bryant/2012

My thoughts on this week in my life:

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This entire week, so far, for me, has been a crossroads-I’ve been treading the path between victory & defeat, success & failure, confidence & depression, conviction & confusion, and praise & slander-It’s also been like it’s all been a combination of all of the above…..

…..Oh, Allah!!! Just let me walk through the dense forest of tests & trials swiftly, and make the hiking-trail that you’ve paved for me smooth & wide!!!

#Amen!!!